Monthly Archives: January 2016


Why is lead shot still used in hunting?

By | January 15th, 2016|Blog|

Did you know that it's estimated that up to 100,000 wildfowl die each year by ingesting lead ammunition, left on the ground after shooting? Lead is toxic, which is why it’s been removed from paint and petrol, but it’s still used in shooting and at least 2,000 tonnes of lead pellets are left scattered across fields every [...]

Growing a Greener Britain

By | January 15th, 2016|Webwatch|

Growing a Greener Britain is a charity that has been set up to help fund community projects in publicly-owned parks and open spaces. Its objectives are Creating improvements to free, publicly accessible green space Providing local employment opportunities through the creation of maintenance projects Providing training and work experience opportunities for those in the local community Promoting of [...]

When no flooding is the story

By | January 14th, 2016|Webwatch|

Here's a feature from the Independent on the lack of flooding in Pickering, North Yorkshire. Although there are no pictures of Pickering (this one seems to be of Carlisle) that's the point, the Independent says, as a range of preventative actions, mostly working with the grain of nature, resulted in no flooding in the town [...]

Earth Repair: A Grassroots Guide

By | January 13th, 2016|Book Review|

The lands on which we construct and expand our growing cities, alongside our farms that we push to be ever more productive, have been devastated by pollution and erosion – contamination in lots of different vocabularies.  This guide is an answer to ‘how we can make amends’.  It is both a practical reparations toolkit ‘and’ [...]

Wildlife Trust History

By | January 13th, 2016|Webwatch|

The Wildlife Trusts website has an informative section on the history of each of the 47 Wildlife Trusts. And there's a page devoted to 100 years in pictures of the Wildlife Trusts' work.

Do you need some carbon emissions data?

By | January 13th, 2016|Blog|

If so, then look at the GlobalCarbonAtlas. It is hard to do justice in words to the richness of the data that this site has to offer by way of per-country emissions.  Not only can you look at total emissions, but at the contribution of different fuels as well.  Then you can change the data to [...]

Funding for geography field trips

By | January 12th, 2016|Webwatch|

The deadline for applying for fieldwork funding with the Frederick Soddy Trust Schools Award Scheme is January 18th.   The Trust was established in 1957 under the terms set out in the will of the chemist and Nobel Laureate, Professor Frederick Soddy FRS.  It aims to encourage interest in field studies by providing modest financial support for expeditions [...]

Nine new Ambassador Schools in England

By | January 11th, 2016|Environmental Education Feature|

Eco-Schools has announced the nine schools that will hold its Ambassador role for the next two years. These are the exceptional schools across England that have been chosen to represent the Eco Schools programme, and encourage new schools to join.  To be considered for the role, the schools must have held the Eco-Schools Green Flag award for four consecutive years. The idea [...]

The UN’s Lazy Person’s Guide

By | January 11th, 2016|Blog|

The UN has published The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World. Apparently, this guides us on how we can all on how to save the world, without even moving from the sofa, although if you want to move from Level 1 to Level 3, you will have to move around. The UN website says: End extreme poverty.  Fight [...]

100 years of the National Geographic

By | January 11th, 2016|Webwatch|

National Geographic magazine is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the US National Park Service with a year-long exploration of the parks.  The January 2016 edition features day-to-night images of landmarks including the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park, by Stephen Wilkes who uses digital-imaging technology to create time-spanning panoramas, continuously shooting thousands of images day [...]